Lunchtimes have been busy as well, with xmas shopping and errands, so I've only squeezed in a few medium length, moderate pace runs, and one speed workout. The one speed workout was 5 x 1100m repeats at 20:00 5k pace around North Harbour Stadium. It was tough, but not that tough, at least until the 5th one.
So given all that, I was a bit worried I'd be slower on this race. But despite a couple lazy weeks, I ended up running about 7 seconds faster than my previous record in the event (it was the nice low tide course again). Weather was great, maybe a little wind, and quite hot, but can't complain. I think that bit of improvement was mostly just concentrating on running the shortest line on the beach.
The next race is after the holidays, so I'm going to need to make an effort to train in Whakatane over the next couple of weeks.
|2||23:21||22nd||High tide course - loose sand, 3 laps.|
|3||20:56||28th||Low tide course - perfect weather.|
|4||22:52||28th||High tide course - good weather.|
|7||20:49||21st||Low tide course - hot.|
I also managed to catch better splits this time:
|Start to South End||4:01|
|South End to North End||5:13|
|North End to South End||5:16|
|South End to North End||5:17|
|North End to Finish||1:00|
Here's the map of the course, if you open it in a new window, you can check out the new Google Street View footage of the beach!
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